12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

by Jordan Peterson

This self-help book was published in 2018 by a Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology, Jordan Peterson. He has recently became a popular public intellectual after an controversial incident at the University of Toronto. Dr. Peterson has published more than a hundred scientific papers and wrote a previous book called Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief.

Here are his 12 rules:

  1. Stand up straight with your shoulders back

  2. Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping

  3. Make friends with people who want the best for you

  4. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today

  5. Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them

  6. Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world

  7. Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)

  8. Tell the truth—or, at least, don’t lie

  9. Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t

  10. Be Precise in your speech

  11. Do not bother children when they are skateboarding

  12. Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street

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Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi (Translated by Thomas Cleary)

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho